I suffer when I do not honor that part of me. It effects my state of mind and heart and makes me feel stopped up and bloated with ideas and emotions.
I used to be a perfectionist. I would not begin a drawing if I didn’t think it would be perfect when done. I’m sure you can imagine how few drawings I ever began.
Intentional creativity cured that for me. No more perfection, just expression using color and image, joy and tears. I find myself creating images everywhere, on all types of surfaces with all types of tools. They pour out of me, some lovely, some quite awkward but all mine.
One of my fellow Intentional Creativity teachers, Ally Markotich (soulkindling.com), shared her video of a technique she uses for her morning journaling and I have glommed onto it right away (is glom even a word?). Instead of beginning with a pen or pencil it begins with a deep breath and a moment of quiet to settle on an intention and then move on to the inspiration.
I close my eyes and holding a waterproof marker in each hand, let them take me on a doodle journey. A few seconds of sightless doodling and then I open my eyes and behold what the markers shared. At first it’s just a scribble but then, as I remember my intention, shapes begin to appear and the scribble becomes a framework. There is usually a surprise for me, something I didn’t think I intended, or did I?
I add the swirls, dots and details that bring the image to life all the while considering the intention that I sent to the markers.
Now the fun begins!! Breaking out a little tray of watercolors and my favorite brush I bring the image to life. Listening to my brush, I sweep color into the nooks and crannies of my little doodle and watch my intention emerge. With it my smiles and sometimes tears, but always gratitude. I call it Doodle Wisdom.
Be creative every day. In your work, your relationships or doing something as simple as washing the dishes.
I mean, have you ever really looked at soap bubbles? They are magnificent!
Virginia Masson, The Peace Muse, is a wonder-filled artist, Peacebuilder and Intentional Creativity Coach specializing in guiding transformational change using a powerful combination of intention, image and word.